NOTEThis page is intended for those looking for a home for a non-feral cat, which means the cat has been socialized and would make a good indoor pet. If you are looking for help with feral cats, please see this page
After working your way through our process, you have determined that you really do need to find a home for this cat. Obviously, you want to find a place where your cat can live out his or her life or, even better, be adopted into a loving home.
This page contains our best advice on accomplishing this. Be forewarned that this is not an easy task. Patience and fortitude will be your best allies. The possiblities below are listed in decreasing order of desirability.
Purebred HintIf your cat is a purebred (e.g., Persian, Himalayan), start by searching the internet for cat breed rescues. These are groups that specialiaze in saving and rehoming cats from one or two specific breeds. These are usually your best hope for a purebred cat. Don't worry if you find a rescue that is in a distant part of ther country. Most of these groups have volunteers all over the country that volunteer and act as foster homes and adoption centers.
Take Photos & Make a Flyer
Whatever path you follow at this point, you will want to have a photo of the cat available. It is well worth spending some time getting a nice photo or two with a digital camera. The value of the photo is inestimable. Also give the cat a name and refer to him or her by that name.
The combination of a name and photo will make people consider your request much more seriously. And, there is nothing like a photo of a cute cat to melt someone's heart.
You will also want to make an adoption flyer at this time. You can, of course, make your own. Or,you can visit this page to create a printable flyer.
Start with Relatives, Friends, Neighbors & Work Colleagues
Starting with people you know has some huge advantages. Your knowledge of each person, along with your relationship, should be a big help. In addition, the Screening Process will be much easier for people that you know.
Ask your Vet
Your vet (if you don't have any pets, ask a friend with pets for a recommendation) is always a good source of advice for pet-related issues. Your vet may know someone who is looking for a cat, or may recommend a shelter or rescue in the area.
While it is not your veterinarian's job to board animals awaiting adoption, some vets have the capability and willingness to do this. It doesn't hurt to ask your vet if he or she does this, or knows of a vet who will do this. One advantage of a vet office is that it gets regular traffic from lots of pet lovers, who will be able to see your cat.
Use the Web
As with everything else, the web is an excellent resource for information and help on finding a home for a cat. The most useful site for your search is undoubtedly Petfinder.
By the time you've reached this point in your search, the only remaining hope is that you happen to find an organization that will accept your cat and promise not to euthanize him or her. Such places are hard to find, but your best hope of finding one is to reach out to as many possible places as possible. Petfinder is the perfect resource for this.
- Petfinder lists more than 11,000 animal rescue organizations and covers the entire USA. You can visit this page to search for shelters and rescues by geographic area.
- Petfinder also allows you to post a free ad for your cat, in hopes of finding a suitable home. Visit this page to start the process.
- You can also post information about your cat on Petbond. You have to register first, but it's free.
- It is also worth visiting the Best Friend’s No More Homeless Pets Animal Help Resources page.
For various reasons, you might feel that the only viable answer for this cat is a sanctuary, a facility designed to care for cats, virtually regardless of behavior, disease and other considerations. Following is a list of cat sanctuaries of which we are aware. The list is not exhaustive, so please do more research online if you don't find an answer here. In addition, be sure to contact the facility to check on their policies, fees, etc. The list is presented in alphabetical order.
- Best friends Animal Society in UT is "the nations' largest facility for homeless, companion animals."
- Tabby's Place is a cat cat sanctuary has a program designed for members of the public who wish to surrender their cats. Please read our Public Intake Policy to see whether Tabby's Place makes sense for your needs.
- Tree House Humane Society, located in Chicago, IL, is "a cageless, no-kill cat sanctuary dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured and abused stray cats."